Fonds - Norman Sydney Richards family fonds

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Norman Sydney Richards family fonds

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13.5 cm of textual records;33 cm of graphic records

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Norman Sydney Richards (1897-1986) was born in Bristol, England. He was the youngest brother of the Rt. Honourable Lord Milverton. Richards was educated at Clifton College, Bristol, and immigrated to Salmon Arm in 1914 with his widowed mother, Amelia, and her travelling companion, Miss South. Richards purchased land with the goal of developing an orchard. He had heard of the Salmon Arm area through his mother, who met a friend of the Ehlers family in Bristol, England.

Richards returned to England to join the war effort, leaving his mother behind to supervise the completion of the family home. Richards went to France in 1917. His mother returned to Bristol.

Richards was injured in 1917 and he spent the next two years recovering. He met and married Pearl Cullimore of Berkeley, Gloucestershire. Miss Cullimore had been working as a VAD while Richards was recuperating from his war wounds. Richards and his bride, "Peter", relocated to Salmon Arm in 1919. The couple had two daughters, Pam and Esme.

Lack of water resulted in Richards giving up the orchard. He took poultry correspondence courses and opened a hatchery operation. He took a partner, F. Frank, for a few years but the relationship dissolved by 1930.

In 1929 Pearl returned to England for surgery, taking the two girls with her. They remained for a year, the daughters attending a school for young ladies.

The hatchery closed in 1962. Richards continued to sell vegetables, cherries and flowers. In 1981 the land was designated as residential and taxes increased.

Richards was admitted to hospital in 1983 and died in 1986 at the age of 89. Richards enjoyed fishing and tennis. He was a charter member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 62.

Pearl Cullimore (1899-1991) was born in Berkeley, Gos., England. She married Norman Richards in 1919 and immigrated to Canada as a wartime bride. Mrs. Richards worshipped at St. John's Anglican Church in Salmon Arm. She was secretary-treasurer of the Altar Guild for many years. Pearl enjoyed tennis, boating, camping, and gardening.

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The fonds consists of photographs, correspondence, business papers relating to the poultry operation, Hillcrest Poultry Farms.

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BCAUL control number: SAM-377

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